Cancer Currents for June 2008

News and Notes
Dr. Craig Tomlinson Named Associate Director for Shared Resources

Dr. Craig Tomlinson has accepted the position of Assistant Director for Sharted Resources to replace Josh Hamilton who is moving to the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) at Woods Hole Oceanoigraphic Institution as Chief Academic and Scientific Officer. Dr. Tomlinson is Assistant Professor of Medicine at DMS, a member of the Molecular Therapeutics Research Program, and Director of the Genomics Shared Resource. Dr. Tomlinson has been at Dartmouth since 2006 when he moved from the University of Cincinnati where he directed the Genomics and MicroArray lab. His current research is in the areas of genetic regeneration and gene/environment interactions in atherosclerosis.

New Co-Director for Cancer Control
Meg Gerrard, PhD

Meg Gerrard, PhD

Meg Gerrard, PhD, arrives in June from the Department of Psychology at Iowa State University to join James Sargent, MD, as co-Director of the Cancer Control Research Program. Gerrard has been a research scientist with the Institute for Social and Behavioral Research at ISU since 1990. Over the past ten years, she has studied adolescent health risk behaviors such as drinking, smoking, and reckless driving and how they relate to adolescent thinking about the dangers associated with these behaviors. She received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin and has been a visiting scholar at UCSD and the Oregon Research Institute.

Bakitas Receives Palliative Care Award

Marie Bakitas, DNSc, MS, APRN, received one of six research awards from The National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) aimed at improving quality of life and eliminating suffering for seriously ill patients and their family caregivers. The award supports the development of scientific investigators and research focusing on the care of people with serious and complex illness. It provides the protected time necessary to conduct the pilot research essential for competing for major extramural awards. The award supports Bakitas for two years.

New Cancer Survivorship Clinic Opens

Beginning June 6, a multidisciplinary clinic team of nurse practitioners, physical therapists, nutritionist, chaplain, psychologist and other providers will be available to cancer survivors as needed. Their purpose is to address the issues that can arise for cancer survivors, such as nerve pain, impaired mobility, osteoporosis, hot flashes, anxiety, depression, sexual dysfunction, and spiritual distress, and Advance Care Planning/Advance Directives. This clinic is provided to assist patients with cancer and their families during and beyond cancer treatment. Cancer survivors can call the Survivorship Clinic for help at 603-650-6344. Although a referral from a provider is encouraged, it is not required.

Smoke Free Campus at DHMC
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Beginning on July 4, 2008, the entire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center campus will be smoke- and tobacco-free.

DHMC prides itself on its mission as a healthcare institution that provides the best care to every patient, every time, and supports the health of every employee. To create a healthier environment for everyone at DHMC, and to support those who have quit smoking or are trying to quit, we will be smoke-free and tobacco-free starting July 4, 2008. Click here for more information about this policy, and for links to information about quitting. The policy is not intended to force people to quit; rather, it is intended to protect the health of all patients, visitors and employees.

Upcoming Events
Skip Mathews Memorial Fathers Day Run

Sunday, June 15, 2008 is the 5th annual Skip Matthews run that commemorates the life of this exceptional friend, parent, husband and personality. All proceeds from Skip's run will benefit the Brain Tumor Research Fund at Norris Cotton Cancer Center. For more information go to